Louisville District team completes Scott Air Force Base swing space project

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Louisville District
Published April 30, 2021

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Louisville District recently completed the Scott Air Force Base Air Mobility Command, also known as AMC, swing space project for the future AMC Headquarters Renovation project.

The project included the construction of a 55,000 square foot, two-story, steel-frame office building intended to house the personnel.

“The purpose of the building is to provide a ‘swing space’ to allow 450 personnel from 375th Air Mobility Command to continue working during the construction of the larger Building 1600 Renovation,” said Louisville District Project Engineer Jeremy Heinemann.

The project finished on time with less than 0.5 percent modifications. This means cost growth was kept to under 0.5 percent, according to Heinemann.

“I think there are two things that made this project a big success; the first one being that the contractor finished ahead of schedule as the contract-required completion date was April 1, and this project was considered substantially complete March 29,” said Heinemann. “The other thing that made this a success was our ability to keep modifications to a minimum. The base contract was awarded for $14,793,000 and there was only $30,166 added to the original contract.”

Although the project was a success, that does not mean there were not challenges the team had to overcome. 

“The biggest challenge was providing a finished product in a short period of time while adding the complexities of COVID,” said Heinemann. “For example, the prime contractor experienced significant delays in receiving 3-inch by 8-inch lumber, which was critical to prefabricating the floor and roof systems.”

The project was to be completed in 300 calendar days, and the team only added seven days due to unforeseen site conditions.

Louisville District construction division leadership said the project was a success due to efforts by the project delivery team, close coordination with the stakeholders on base, and a very motivated contractor. 

“Jeremy’s efforts on this project was one of the biggest reasons this project was successful,” said Jay Fowler, Illinois area engineer. 

The 375th Air Mobility Command accepted the facility for use, April 1, 2021.